The Vuelta a España is the third and final Grand Tour of the summer race season, and the Spanish race always provides an exciting finale to the year for GC specialists.
Renowned for its testing parcours and plethora of summit finishes, the Vuelta represents an immense challenge and several riders have tried and failed to win it in the same season as another Grand Tour.
The 2020 route is a bit different to recent years as the race has been shortened due to restrictions made in the global pandemic.
The race itself will still be exciting but will be slim pickings for sprinters with only four days for them and eight summit finishes including stage one, along with one individual time-trial.
The race will start in the Basque Country town of Irun and finishing at the top of the famous Arrate climb above Eibar.
Other notable stages include summit finishes up the Col du Tourmalet in France, Alto de l’Angliru and the Alto de la Covatilla and a 33.5km time trial.
Vuelta a España: past winners
2000 Roberto Herasdagger (Esp) Kelme–Costa Blanca
2001 Ángel Casero (Esp) Festina
2002 Aitor González (Esp) Kelme–Costa Blanca
2003 Roberto Heras (Esp) U.S. Postal Service
2004 Roberto Heras (Esp) Liberty Seguros
2005 Roberto Heras (Esp) Liberty Seguros–Würth
2006 Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana
2007 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank
2008 Alberto Contador (Esp) Astana
2009 Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Caisse d’Epargne
2010 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas–Doimo
2011 Juan José Cobo (Esp) Geox–TMC
2012 Alberto Contador (Esp) Saxo Bank–Tinkoff Bank
2013 Chris Horner (USA) RadioShack–Leopard
2014 Alberto Contador (Esp) Tinkoff–Saxo
2015 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana
2016 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team
2017 Chris Froome (GBR) Team Sky
2018 Simon Yates (GBR) Mitchelton–Scott
2019 Primož Roglič (SLO) Jumbo-Visma